Water Conservation Is Essential For Life. Water is an essential component of life itself. In order to ensure its availability, while saving you money at the same time, it is crucial that everyone practice good water conservation, especially in times of drought. Charlottesville Water encourages every citizen to follow these tips on easy ways to save.
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Charlottesville Water Conservation Program Receives National Recognition!
The City of Charlottesville recently received both regional and national recognition from two organizations for excellence in promoting water conservation in the community!
The Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association recognized the City of Charlottesville with a 2016 Public Information Award. This award recognizes the Program’s dedication to communicating with the Charlottesville community on resources, tips, programs and events through the use of social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
On Thursday, October 6th, the City of Charlottesville was recognized as a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This award is given to organizations that made a difference every day through water efficiency innovation and WaterSense promotion in the past year. More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, and organizations partner with WaterSense; however, only a select few are recognized for their significant program contributions. You can read more about the City's water conservation efforts and other award winners here: Click Here.
The Charlottesville Water Conservation Program is very excited to receive these awards and recognition and could not have done it without a supportive City and community that are always looking for ways to keep Charlottesville a sustainable place for generations.
Upcoming Water Conservation News & Events in Charlottesville:
Fix a Leak Family 5K- Sunday March 26th, 2017
For 2017 Race Results: Click Here
For 2017 Race Photos: Click Here
May 7th - 13th: Drinking Water Week
Get to Know Your Drinking Water- Event hosted by RWSA at Ivy Creek Natural Area on Wednesday, May 10th 11:30am - 1pm
Click Here for More Information
May 15th - 29th: Infrastructure Week- Info Coming Soon
Can you imagine a day without water? The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority hosted an art contest open to Grades 1st - 8th in the City and County. For more info about the contest and event, CLICK HERE.
2016 Imagine A Day without Water Student Art Contest Winners:
The contest was a great success with over 445 poster entries and with representation from almost all City and County Public Schools, private schools, and other organizations, grades 1st through 8th. Judges from the City, ACSA, and RWSA helped evaluate the artwork for creativity, originality, and incorporation of the contest’s message: “Imagine a Day without Water”. One winner was chosen from the four grade divisions: 1st – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th – 6th, and 7th – 8th. In addition, the top 60 entries were available to the public to view online and vote for a favorite art poster. With over 530 online votes, a fan favorite was selected. All 5 winners will receive a $200 gift card, water conservation goodie bag, and have their artwork displayed around Charlottesville.
The student winners along with the four teachers will be recognized at the Imagine a Day without Water Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 29th from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Albemarle County Service Authority’s Board Room located at 168 Spotnap Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. The event is open to the public and water saving giveaways will be available to all attendees. Public parking is available at the event location.
1st – 2nd Grade: Sarah Ni, Baker-Butler Elementary, Grade 2
3rd – 4th Grade: Jingyi Li, Hollymead Elementary, Grade 4
5th – 6th Grade: Olivia Kim, Hollymead Elementary, Grade 5
7th – 8th Grade: Marco Lopez, Buford Middle School, Grade 8
Fan Favorite: ShiLu DeBerry, Brownsville Elementary, Grade 4
In addition, teachers were encouraged to promote student participation by entering them into a drawing for a $200 gift card to be used for classroom projects. Odds for winning were increased with greater student participation.
Four teachers were selected, and the winners of the teacher participation gift cards are the following:
Kelly Ewing from Agnor-Hurt Elementary School
Desmond Cormier from Buford Middle School
Tamara Murray from Charlottesville Day School
John Russell from St. Anne’s Belfield School.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED AND THE WINNERS!
Check. Twist. Replace.
More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year from household leaks. Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year (that is the amount of water needed to was 270 loads of laundry).
Detect and Chase Down Leaks with this Checklist! Click Here
Save water in your house by following these 3 simple steps:
CHECK: for leaks from faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check your toilets for silent leaks using a leak detection dye tablet (free for City Residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get some). Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too!
TWIST: and tighten hose & pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator (free for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).
REPLACE: fixtures as necessary with WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models (free WaterSense showerheads for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).
For more information on how to save water in your home, check our our Programs & Resources Page!
Information on Lawn Care During the Hot Summers:
A beautiful yard is more than just grass. Visit our Water Wise Landscaping and Water Wise Plants pages to learn more about the variety of different plants that can make up an attractive and water wise landscape. These include plants that can keep your yard visually appealing in the winter. Use these chillier months to plan a new yard that is beautiful and healthy.
City residents may apply for a $30 rain barrel rebate, up to (2) per water account. Barrels can be purchased from any vendor, though we encourage you to first check out local vendors, like the ones listed here. Learn more about the program by reading the Rain Barrel Rebate Brochure. Once you have purchased your barrel, use it or the Rebate Request Form to apply for your rebate.
How to Get a Rain Barrel:
Barrels can also be purchased from many different vendors, including the Rivanna Conservation Alliance and stores listed here; you can also build one using these instructions.
The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) is a great resource for rainwater harvesting. Please visit their website for more information.
If you would like to be added to the rain barrel contact list, please email the City's Water Conservation Manager. You will then be notified by email when the next City workshops for 2015/2016 are scheduled.
For more information on how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here
Remember to Check. Twist. Replace. to be water smart inside your home!
As of July 1, 2012, only WaterSense labeled toilets will be eligible for the rebate. WaterSense products have been tested by a third party and are proven to be as effective as conventional products while using at least 20% less water!
The City of Charlottesville is offering a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of a WaterSense toilet. Open the brochure to submit for your rebate now, or go to this page for more detailed program information.
Use of the toilet accounts for 30% of the average home's indoor water use. Toilets from before 1994 are especially wasteful; if replaced by an efficient model, a typical household can save thousands of gallons per year! Make water conservation automatic - install a WaterSense toilet.
Residential Water Calculators:
Free Indoor Water Conservation Kits:
A program in place since 2002, City residents may pick up a FREE kit from the Utility Billing office, located in City Hall. The low flow fixtures are easy to install, and will make daily water conservation easy for the whole family! For question, please contact the Water Conservation Program Coordinator.
Take a look at our new brochures, published by the Environmental Protection Agency:
Unsure how to start saving water this year?
Check out the Charlottesville Water Conservation Checklist for 2017 and start saving water now!
Water Conservation in the Media
Charlottesville Water Conservation is on Facebook!
Like us to stay up-to-date with our programs, events, and ways to save water! Click Here to Like Us!
Did you know that Charlottesville Public Works has a Twitter account!
Follow @CvillePW to get updates on your utilities, traffic, water conservation, and environmental updates!
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Charlottesville Water Conservation Newsletter
Interested in getting approximately monthly updates from the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program? Join our newsletter to get updates on events, news, and resources and tips on how to save water and money!
For more information, contact: Charlottesville Water (434) 970-3800
or Email the Water Conservation Program Coordinator
Direct Website Link: www.charlottesville.org/waterconservation